The Office of the President is responsible for the dissemination of Samuel Merritt University news and information. We are responsible for interactions with local, state and national media on topics that range from health sciences education to the University's role in the greater community. Faculty researchers in the key medical fields are available to provide opinion and information for the media. Institutional publications that inform and/or support SMU events or activities are also produced in our office, such as brochures, newsletters, press releases and web-based publications.
Members of the media who would like information about Samuel Merritt University, or would like to interview one of our faculty/staff experts please contact us at:
Justin Berton, Associate Director of Media Relations
450 30th St, Suite 2840
Oakland, CA 94609
Office: 510.869.6511 ext. 3250
Online Press Kit
- SMU Fact Sheet 2016
- 2015 - 2016 Report to the Community
- High-Res Photo of SMU President Sharon Diaz
- Video Library
- Press Release archive
- SMU in the News archive
Recent press releases:
Recent Media Mentions:
Ching said she’s always tried to make students feel comfortable “because I know what it’s like to be an outsider."
Institutions such as Oakland's Samuel Merritt University top lists when considering students' post-graduation earnings and average annual cost.
Through an innovative program with several community stakeholders, student nurses from SMU play a role in helping cities fight health disparties in impoverished neighborhoods.
Members of the media who would like to receive press releases and other news announcements from Samuel Merritt University should send a request to the Office of the President.
To read more about Samuel Merritt University, visit the About SMU page.